Filipino artist Gel Jamlang brings something new and interesting to the table with her watercolour illustrations. Using what can often be seen as a more traditional medium, Gel creates her images through a twisted lens, resulting in beautifully warped objects and figures.
We like the stylised characters that self-proclaimed ‘illustrator, photographer, blogger, cat lover, avid reader, only child, tea drinker, filofax user and Stephen Fry fan’ Kris Atomic creates for her fashion illustrations. To find out more, we take a look into her wonderful pencil and watercolour sketchbooks.
There’s a nice use of pencil and watercolour going on in the work by Ross Becker, based in Cornwall, UK. We like the contrast of the gritty shading of the graphite, the more fluid marks of the watercolour, and the strong blocks of colour.
The effortless inky marks and washes of bright colours make Brooklyn-based artist and designer Danielle Kroll’s illustrations charming and beautiful in their simplicity.
Danielle’s designs capture the best elements of sketchbook work in the final images. The quality of the brushstrokes, the whimsically wonky edges, the watery swathes of pinks and oranges, all help keep the immediacy and energy of the drawings.
The work of Kim Roselier is a style of balance, where soft and bold, light and heavy meet. By using a more traditional medium, he tries to use it unexpectedly, in a more contemporary way.
There’s a certain quality of the old, linear drawings that where a staple in reference books, which might be missed among the more polished of digital art these days. Katie Scott’s work reminds us of the enchantment of these scientific illustrations and diagrams while simultaneously adding her own fresh perspective.
The detailing in the illustrations by Sunny Gu bring to life the brilliance of the colours in the fashion that inspires her art. Luckily, we have examples of the way she works in the studio and process images, and can see that they a large watercolours lovingly painted in their entirety on paper.